Isis RSL honours women
IF LAUGHTER and chatter is a good indicator of a function’s success, then Isis RSL Sub-Branch’s inaugural International Women’s Day morning tea on Sunday went off with a bang.
Secretary Mel Hamilton’s sentiment was echoed by those who attended the RSL’s first foray into hosting the event.
The building was decorated in IWD’s official colours: purple, for dignity; white, for purity; and green, for hope.
“She was like a grand old dame reborn,” Mr Hamilton said.
“Two of our RSL women (Vicky McCarthy and Jille Owen) volunteered their time to cook up a feast of sweet and savoury petit fours that everyone seemed to enjoy.
“Quite a few of our guests also enjoyed an extra-special treat of champagne, strawberries and homemade chocolates.”
Organiser Tracey Jackson said the event gave the club an opportunity to honour the achievements of “some of the wonderful women of the Isis”.
“We were privileged to have Jenny Woodman, an elder of the Butchulla people, do a welcome to country on behalf of the Butchulla people and the other traditional owners, the Kabi Kabi people,” she said.
Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett also spoke of the day’s importance.
CWA’s Rosie Shuttlewood spoke at the morning tea about the Childers branch, and said while they were only a small group, they still managed to do a lot in the community.
Ms Jackson also shared some information about Dame Annabelle Rankin at the morning tea.
Dame Annabelle’s family first lived near Childers on their sugar cane farm, Tigh-na-Bienne, and a young Annabelle rode her pony to Childers State School.
“I was looking for some information on Childers online when I saw a reference to Dame Annabelle being one of our famous people,” she said.
“Despite having been raised in Childers, I’d never heard of her, so I decided to investigate a little further.
“What I found was an amazing woman who was a real trailblazer for women, not just for Queensland women but for all Australian women.”